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MENTOR1 FINANCIAL ADVICE - Mentor1 Teams
Liam Diggin
Liam Diggin

CEO AND FOUNDER

Liam is the principal financial planner at MENTOR1. He has been a planner for over 27 years, and had extensive experience creating wealth for his clients and protecting their assets for the future. He is recognised by his peers in the financial sector as a leader in his field and is regularly invited to speak at seminars for both clients and other financial institutions.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Financial Planning
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Memberships

Liam is a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Getting personal

Liam was brought up in the NSW Northern Beaches and enjoys running, being a dad and is ever hopeful of an improvement to his short game.

Hamish Pearce
Hamish Pearce

PARTNER & Senior Financial Planner

Hamish has been providing financial advice for close to 15 years, specialising in Personal Insurances, Superannuation Management and Retirement Planning.

He has a strong commercial background, with extensive experience gained from working in large corporations, including Optus Communications and Sony Australia over a period of 20 years.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Advanced Diploma in Financial Services

Memberships

Hamish is a Member of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).

Getting Personal

Hamish is married to Kimberley and has a busy household raising three boys. He loves sport, keeping fit, and is particularly passionate about golf, skiing and fishing. He lives for the day he shoots par.

Hamish is also a director on the Board of one of the charities that MENTOR1 supports – The MonSTaR Foundation which helps children with both physical and intellectual disabilities

Leon Phillips
Leon Phillips

Partner & Senior Financial Planner

Leon has over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry and is the founder of Pacific Star Financial Planning which was established in 1998. Leon has recently merged his business with MENTOR1 and remains committed to providing his existing and new clients with tailored advice, ensuring peace of mind and financial security.

Qualifications

• Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)

Memberships

Associate Financial Planner with the AFA.

Getting personal

Leon grew up in Ballarat, Victoria. He enjoys running, flying his recreational aircraft and spending time with family.

Ned Ticic
Ned Ticic

Partner & Senior Financial Planner

Ned is a senior financial planner at MENTOR1. He has been a planner for over 20 years and has helped many clients reach their financial goals by growing, protecting and managing wealth over their lifetime.

Qualifications

• Bachelor of Commerce (Economics, Finance & Accounting)
• Diploma in Financial Planning
• Graduate Diploma of Law

Memberships

Ned is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Getting personal

Ned is married with three kids. On weekends, he enjoys tennis and golf, and in season, sailing and snow-skiing. His favourite past-time is dining with family and friends and attending the visual and performing arts.

Renee Brennan
Renee Brennan

Office Manager and Adviser Associate

Renee has been working in the finance industry since 2005. She has had experience assisting with the administration of client accounts within different sectors including financial planning, accounting and self-managed super funds. Since commencing at MENTOR1. Renee has assisted in managing Liam’s clients including preparation and implementation of advice documents. As our business has grown and developed Renee has taken on the role of office manager.

Qualifications

• Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning
• Diploma in Financial Planning
• Certificate III Business Administration

Getting personal

Although Renee now calls the Northern Beaches home she grew up in Launceston, Tasmania. When she is not at work Renee spends her time with her son, enjoys boating and renovating.

Joel Kerin
Joel Kerin

Senior Financial Planner

Joel has been a financial adviser since 2017 and worked in the financial services industry since 2012. Joel is passionate about exploring and understanding each client’s unique and individual life situations in order for them to live their best life.

Qualifications

• Advanced Diploma of financial planning
• Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Memberships

Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)

Getting personal

Joel was born in regional NSW and was raised on a farm. After deciding to trade the country for the city to pursue studies and a career in finance it’s been hard for Joel to look back. Joel is an active member of the Sydney Swans and can be found on game day at the SCG cheering on the red & white! Joel also enjoys a very social lifestyle, good food & wine & playing golf and tennis.

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Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy

Partner

Tim has been investing for over 20 years. With a large personal portfolio throughout Australia Tim has not only the academic knowledge of how real estate works but has personally lived and breathed the markets performance day in day over this time.

He has personally purchased over 30 properties, and has transacted in every entity and strategy possible, including past and current subdivisions & developments. Tim has developed insightful tools and a systematic planned approach to real estate that he has showcased by writing and conducting workshops & events throughout Australia.

Qualifications

• Licensed Real Estate Agent
• Diploma in Finance & Mortgage Broking

Memberships

Tim is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Association.

Getting personal

In his spare time, Tim loves to spend his time at his local beach in Freshwater with
his wife and kids and squeezing in the occasional game of golf.

Nick Freeman
Nick Freeman

Acquisitions Manager

Beginning his construction career in 1998 he has extensive experience in all facets of the construction industry. Nick’s expertise is a key component of MENTOR1 PROPERTY’s risk mitigation process. He has been responsible for the design and construction of all types of projects ranging from in-house renovations and additions, granny flat additions, property subdivisions, townhouse precincts and apartment buildings as well as mixed use and commercial projects.

Qualifications:

  • Qualified carpenter
  • Licensed Builder

Getting Personal 

Away from work, apart from chasing a young family, Nick can be found in the ocean surfing or swimming. Nick is also passionate about developing his knowledge further in the real estate and construction sectors.

MENTOR1 ACCOUNTING - Mentor1 Teams
Andrew McCombie
Andrew McCombie

Partner

Andrew is the principal at MENTOR1 ACCOUNTING. He has been in the industry for over 20 years, and had extensive experience working with business owners, forward thinking tax strategies and business planning creating better business outcomes for his clients.

Qualifications

• B Commerce
• Chartered Accountant
• Tax Agent

Memberships

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Agent.

Getting personal

Andrew has lived in Sydney for over 20 years and was brought up on the Mid North Coast. Family is important to Andrew, spending time with his kids. He enjoys playing soccer with a good group of friends who have been a team for the past 10 years.

MENTOR1 LENDING - Mentor1 Teams
Gerard Hansen
Gerard Hansen

Partner & Mortgage Broker

Gerard is a highly regarded mortgage broker with over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services following 15 years in the banking industry with the major banks.

Qualifications

• Diploma in Financial Planning
• Certificate 4 Financial Services (Finance & Mortgage Broking)

Memberships

Gerard is a member of the Financial Brokers Association Australia (FBAA).

Getting personal

Gerard is married with 3 children + 2 Dogs. (always greeted at the door by the dogs!) Gerard’s involved with the Community through junior sports coaching Soccer and Basketball.

He loves to surf & really enjoys a long Sunday afternoon lunch with the family!

Mark Small
Mark Small

Partner & Mortgage Broker

With over 8 years of experience in the Finance Industry, 20 years Investing in Property & Business, and more than 30 years operating in the Aviation Industry as a Qantas Airline Pilot, Mark Small has a relatively interesting background compared to many other brokers in our network. Mark believes in helping people to achieve their finance goals, and gets them where they need to go – both in location and finance.

Qualifications

• Diploma in Financial Services (Finance & Mortgage Broking)
• Certificate 4 Financial Services (Finance & Mortgage Broking)
• Boeing 737 Captain

Memberships

Mark is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia. (MFAA)

Getting personal

Mark is married with 2 children. Mark is involved in the Curl Curl Long-boarders surfing club with his 14 year old son.

He loves to surf, travel & really enjoys spending time with the family around the Northern Beaches.

Clare Terrance
Clare Terrance

Mortgage Broker

Clare has been in the finance industry for five years, with experience in both the bank lending and private lending sectors. She is confident in her ability to structure each loan application in a way that will most benefit the customer. Clare is diligent in keeping across bank policies and the legislative changes to the lending industry, and finding the customer a loan solution.

Qualifications

• Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management
• Bachelor of Communications (Public relations)

Memberships

Clare is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) and Women in Banking and Finance.

Getting personal

Clare was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Sydney before making the move to the north shore. She is a keen long distance ocean swimmer and loves a run in the park with her two Great Danes.

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